It is that time of year when love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is upon us, and nervous gents all across NJ will be bending down on one knee to propose marriage to their lovely ladies. (Or, for the non-traditional crowds, any combination in between. Oh, and ladies, you can propose too these days.) Which is why Best of NJ spoke to Julianne Cantarella, MSW, president and CEO of New Jersey’s Matchmaker, who has been responsible for multiple marriages and committed relationships since 2005.

Julianne CantarellaA professional matchmaker and dating coach, as well as licensed social worker, Cantarella’s advice can be found in local newspaper columns or heard on Internet radio broadcasts. She was a matchmaking consultant for eHarmony, and was even a featured guest on CBS This Morning. Thanks to Cantarella, guys won’t have to scramble to find some of the most romantic spots in Jersey for unveiling the ring. Without further ado, here’s our list of the Top 10 Best Places to Propose in New Jersey:

Dream Horse Carriage

1. During a Carriage Ride

Who doesn’t love a horse and carriage ride? (My husband proposed to me during one in New York City back in 1997.) Many people think you have to go to a major city to take one, but in fact there is a Cinderella option for those princesses out there: Dream Horse Carriage Company. Usually, the proposer has the carriage meet them nearby where their proposee is staying. The Dream Horse drives the carriage up to the door and takes the couple for a ride during the proposal.


Congress Hall2. In Cape May, New Jersey

If the beach is “your” thing, Cape May has it all—gorgeous bed and breakfasts, a picturesque beach, shopping, sites to visit, and a selection of restaurants. You can ask for your partner’s hand at Sunset Beach, and then enjoy romance by the fireside at Congress Hall.


3. At New Jersey Botanical Garden at Skylands

NJ Botanical Garden

The New Jersey Botanical Garden at Skylands is a very picturesque place to take your future fiancee during any season. Currently, you can wander the snow covered paths of winding woods, or visit the gardens during their deep slumber.


4. On a Helicopter Adventure

Helicopter Flight Services

Those looking to go a little more grandiose can propose along the Manhattan skyline, up the Hudson River, or up-close to the Statue of Liberty. A helicopter ride is sure to be an experience you both will remember. Helicopter Flight Services, Inc. offers custom tours and charters.


5. In Historic Princeton

Princeton

A day trip to Princeton can be filled with architecture, culture, and history. With snow falling all around, the Princeton Art Museum or McCarter Theatre Center can be a romantic place to pop the question.


Spirit Cruises6. On a Dinner Cruise

Spirit Cruises has Valentine’s Day Weekend Cruises departing from Lincoln Harbor, New Jersey. New York City will be in the backdrop as you put the rock on your their finger. Each couple receives a rose and a champagne toast, along with fine dining and lots of celebration.


7. Atop the Ferris Wheel

Six Flags

Of course, the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park is covered in snow right now. However, when the Jackson, New Jersey park opens in the Spring, you can ask for your soul mate’s hand on top of the classic Ferris wheel.


8. Under the Sea

Adventure Aquarium

Camden’s Adventure Aquarium is a unique place to pop the question. Whether you stand in the Shark Tunnel or Swim with the Sharks, it is sure to be a memory you will both treasure. Once you’re engaged, you can also return to the aquarium for the wedding.


9. In Her Castle

Lambert Castle

For the princes out there looking for a fairy tale-worthy proposal, New Jersey has just the place. Bring your princess to Lambert Castle in Paterson, and hopefully she will say, “I do.” The historic site offers stunning views of the New York City skyline.


10. Up in the Clouds

Hot Air Ballon

On the flip side, Juliet can book an engagement balloon ride for her Romeo through In Flight Balloon Adventures LLC. She then directs him to a special banner on the ground once the balloon ascends, with a message asking “Will You Marry Me?” After he accepts, the pilot opens a bottle of champagne for your special toast. The company even flies in the winter months.


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